Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Illinois.

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Are you trying to find love in Illinois?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Illinois, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Prairie State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Illinois? We've got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Illinois for 2020:

  1. Champaign (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Urbana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Chicago (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Glendale Heights (Homes For Sale)
  5. Cicero (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. DeKalb (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Carbondale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Summit (Homes For Sale)
  9. Berwyn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bensenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Illinois? Champaign ranks as the best place for singles in Illinois if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in illinois? That would be Frankfort.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in illinois or the safest places to live in illinois.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2020

Champaign, IL

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Population: 86,791
Median Age: 27.4
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 21.0%
More on Champaign: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The city is 135 miles south of Chicago, 124 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178mi northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state's fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Review Of Champaign by HomeSnacks User

Crime is getting worse by the day as many gangs from Chicago are moving into the area. Schools are not too bad but do not like the fact they use the city bus to transport children to school. It's a college student town so population varies throughout the year.

Going go some of the college sporting events was neat. Not a whole lot to do outside of that. Winters are brutal with nasty winds.

Urbana, IL

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Population: 42,375
Median Age: 24.8
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 17.0%
More on Urbana: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 41,250 at the 2010 census. Urbana is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,718,555
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Chicago: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chicago or ), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.

Review Of Chicago by HomeSnacks User

My school life is pleasant memories. My friends can not forget when. They are no longer a good relationship. i really miss my school life. and missing my sweet all friends.

my favorite place for chicago only.

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Population: 34,280
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Glendale Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Glendale Heights is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 34,208 at the 2010 census. It is best known nationally as the hometown of Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan, but known more locally for its ethnically diverse population. The town elected Dupage County's first Asian mayor in 1995.

Cicero, IL

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Population: 83,147
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 50.1%
More on Cicero: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cicero is a suburb of Chicago and an incorporated town in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 83,891 at the 2010 census. As of 2013, the town had a total population of 84,103, making it the 11th largest municipality in Illinois. Cicero is named for the town of Cicero, New York, which in turn was named for Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman statesman and orator.

Dekalb, IL

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Population: 42,839
Median Age: 24.9
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Dekalb: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated German war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.

Carbondale, IL

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Population: 25,846
Median Age: 24.2
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 18.0%
More on Carbondale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Today the major roadways of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51 intersect in the city. The city is 96 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.

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Population: 11,340
Median Age: 31.1
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 47.7%
More on Summit: Homes For Sale | Data

Berwyn, IL

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Population: 55,949
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 38.5%
More on Berwyn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Berwyn is a suburban city in Cook County, Illinois, coterminous with Berwyn Township, which was formed in 1908 after breaking off from Cicero Township. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,657.

Bensenville, IL

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Population: 18,400
Median Age: 35.4
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 34.1%
More on Bensenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in illinois anyways?

To give you the places in illinois which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of illinois, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For illinois, that meant a total of 218 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Champaign is the talk of the town while Frankfort is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in illinois for 2020

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in illinois ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in illinois according to the data:

  1. Frankfort
  2. Columbia
  3. Shorewood

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Illinois

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Champaign, IL 86,791 27.4
2 Urbana, IL 42,375 24.8
3 Chicago, IL 2,718,555 34.3
4 Glendale Heights, IL 34,280 33.7
5 Cicero, IL 83,147 30.0
6 Dekalb, IL 42,839 24.9
7 Carbondale, IL 25,846 24.2
8 Summit, IL 11,340 31.1
9 Berwyn, IL 55,949 35.1
10 Bensenville, IL 18,400 35.4
11 Blue Island, IL 22,636 35.3
12 Evanston, IL 75,157 36.2
13 Wheeling, IL 38,424 37.3
14 Lyons, IL 10,566 34.6
15 Waukegan, IL 87,571 31.7
16 Aurora, IL 200,660 33.4
17 Lisle, IL 23,435 37.3
18 Palatine, IL 68,847 38.2
19 Hanover Park, IL 38,275 33.9
20 Carpentersville, IL 38,138 30.6
21 Maywood, IL 23,810 36.4
22 Burbank, IL 28,947 38.2
23 Bloomington, IL 78,331 34.9
24 Streamwood, IL 40,413 38.5
25 Chicago Ridge, IL 14,254 33.9
26 Charleston, IL 20,632 26.1
27 Lombard, IL 43,904 37.9
28 Alsip, IL 19,179 36.1
29 Morton Grove, IL 23,256 47.4
30 Elgin, IL 113,023 34.6
31 Melrose Park, IL 25,311 33.9
32 Elmwood Park, IL 24,680 40.1
33 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,229 37.8
34 Woodridge, IL 33,493 37.4
35 Mount Prospect, IL 55,127 39.6
36 Addison, IL 37,089 36.3
37 Danville, IL 31,554 36.9
38 Normal, IL 54,808 24.7
39 Oak Lawn, IL 56,420 40.9
40 Des Plaines, IL 58,694 43.3
41 Wheaton, IL 53,480 37.6
42 Westmont, IL 25,036 39.8
43 Macomb, IL 18,118 26.1
44 Niles, IL 29,640 47.6
45 Wood Dale, IL 13,848 40.7
46 Worth, IL 10,728 41.3
47 Harvey, IL 24,599 35.9
48 Mundelein, IL 31,683 36.6
49 Forest Park, IL 14,041 40.2
50 Schaumburg, IL 74,569 38.1
51 Hickory Hills, IL 14,018 39.2
52 Riverdale, IL 12,786 34.1
53 Justice, IL 12,919 32.6
54 Villa Park, IL 21,893 37.9
55 Rock Island, IL 38,354 36.6
56 Franklin Park, IL 18,138 39.1
57 Peoria, IL 114,512 34.9
58 Dolton, IL 22,927 36.9
59 Warrenville, IL 13,311 37.4
60 Kankakee, IL 25,884 35.4
61 North Chicago, IL 30,011 24.4
62 Jacksonville, IL 18,914 37.7
63 Carol Stream, IL 39,989 37.7
64 Round Lake Beach, IL 27,692 32.5
65 Moline, IL 42,364 39.6
66 Bolingbrook, IL 74,448 35.4
67 Prospect Heights, IL 16,250 38.9
68 Northlake, IL 12,351 35.8
69 Rockford, IL 147,881 37.1
70 Bellwood, IL 19,112 37.3
71 Schiller Park, IL 11,704 40.8
72 Midlothian, IL 14,718 38.7
73 River Grove, IL 10,148 38.4
74 Chicago Heights, IL 30,087 34.1
75 Oak Park, IL 52,225 39.7
76 Lincolnwood, IL 12,539 47.3
77 Grayslake, IL 21,195 37.2
78 East St. Louis, IL 26,647 36.6
79 Park Forest, IL 21,699 38.6
80 Bridgeview, IL 16,440 36.5
81 Fairview Heights, IL 16,360 40.7
82 Wauconda, IL 13,754 37.0
83 Skokie, IL 64,395 43.7
84 Roselle, IL 22,873 40.0
85 Lincoln, IL 13,738 39.2
86 Richton Park, IL 13,629 39.6
87 Shiloh, IL 13,250 39.0
88 Hoffman Estates, IL 51,282 37.9
89 Vernon Hills, IL 26,259 39.1
90 Edwardsville, IL 24,868 28.9
91 Belleville, IL 41,926 37.0
92 Rantoul, IL 13,222 32.9
93 Naperville, IL 147,411 38.9
94 Hazel Crest, IL 13,729 40.5
95 Streator, IL 12,791 42.7
96 Woodstock, IL 25,198 36.6
97 Country Club Hills, IL 16,801 39.9
98 Joliet, IL 147,957 33.7
99 Buffalo Grove, IL 41,329 41.9
100 Arlington Heights, IL 75,724 44.1

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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